Who We Are

What We Do

We support the ever-expanding ACEs movement by educating people about ACEs science. We engage them in the movement by increasing the number of people who join ACEs Connection. We help communities launch and grow ACEs initiatives, online and in person, and provide tools to help them measure their progress. We act as the information resource for the ACEs movement by telling its stories and providing resources.

Our Vision

A resilient world where all people thrive. 


Our Mission

The human and digital catalyst that grows and supports the worldwide ACEs and resilience movement, and tells its authentic stories.

Equity & Inclusion Statement

ACEs Connection is an anti-racist organization committed to the pursuit of social justice.

In our work to promote resilience and prevent and mitigate ACEs, we will intentionally embrace and uplift people who have historically not had a seat at the table. ACEs Connection will celebrate the voices and tell the stories of people who have been barred from decision making and who have shouldered the burden of systemic and economic oppression as the result of genocide, slavery, family separation, forced relocation, mass incarceration, red lining and all other practices, policies and institutions that have traumatized marginalized groups. These groups include people of color, people living with mental health and substance use challenges, people living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI community. 

Our Values

As individuals and as an organization, it is our intention and daily practice to encourage and model these core values:  

  • Integrity. Transparency. 

  • Equity. Inclusion.  

  • Empathy. Compassion.  

  • Joy. Celebration.

  • Courage.

Integrity. Transparency. We manage through trust not control. To create trust and an accountable environment where everyone feels they can say what needs to be said when it needs to be said, we maintain an environment free from hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by full information and no fear of retaliation. We speak directly, do what we say we will do and have pure motives. We contribute authentically and participate fully. We are leaders and we model leadership at every level. 

Equity. Inclusion.  We regularly examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems and work to change inequitable practices, structures and policies that contribute to ACEs, and maintain an environment where everyone is welcomed, respected, supported and valued.

Empathy. Compassion.  We value empathy, which validates the experiences of others and is born from compassion.

Joy. Celebration.  We cultivate resilience and equanimity by sharing the truth of our stories and celebrating our lessons learned and our successes. 

Courage. Knowing that we, ourselves, are the foundation for our success and the key to achieving our vision, we encourage and provide opportunities for personal growth and professional advancement and satisfaction. Our courage is grounded in the body and is a measure of our heartfelt participation in life, with one another, and with our work.

Our Staff

Mindy Atwood

Graphic Designer

Marianne Avari

Data Science Manager

Dana Brown

Organizational Liaison

Alison Cebulla

Northeast Community Facilitator

Karen Clemmer

Northwest Community Facilitator, including Northern California

Ingrid Cockhren

Midwest Community Facilitator

Lara Kain

Southern California Community Facilitator

Gail Kennedy

Operations and Strategic Partnerships Lead,  California Central Valley and Capital Region Community Facilitator

Val Krist

Graphic and Web Designer

Rafael Maravilla

Network Manager, Community Facilitator

Sylvia Paull

Media strategist, high-tech liaison, writer. 

Elizabeth Prewitt

Policy Analyst

Donielle Prince

 San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator

Jenna Quinn

Health Communication Coordinator

Samantha Sangenito

Data Science and Sustainability Lead

Carey Smith Sipp
Southeast Community Facilitator

Jane Stevens

Founder, publisher

Laurie Udesky

Staff Reporter

Christine “Cissy” White  
Community Facilitator, Northeast Region; Community Manager, Parenting with ACEs

ACEs Connection is a social network that recognizes the impact of a wide variety of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in shaping adult behavior and health, and that promotes trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies in all families, organizations, systems and communities. We support communities to accelerate the science of adverse childhood experiences to solve our most intractable problems. We believe that we can create a resilient world where people thrive.

© 2020 ACEs Connection